Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.
FEMA Youth Preparedness Tools
Youth Preparedness Fact Sheet
This one-page fact sheet provides an overview of the importance of youth preparedness, as well as information about how FEMA and other organizations support it.
Youth Preparedness: Implementing a Community-Based Program
This document provides information about high-level steps for implementing a youth preparedness program.
Catalogue of Youth Disaster Preparedness Education Resources
This document identifies existing programs, curricula, and resources that may be of interest to those starting, or interested in finding, youth preparedness programs.
Youth Preparedness Program Implementation Workbook
This workbook helps program managers brainstorm and implement each of the steps discussed in Youth Preparedness: Implementing a Community-Based Program.
Youth Preparedness Program Implementation Checklist
This checklist helps program managers ensure that they have thoroughly completed each of the steps discussed in Youth Preparedness: Implementing a Community-Based Program.
Youth Preparedness Funding Guide
This document provides information about securing funding and resources to begin and sustain a program.
Youth Preparedness Quick Tips to Mitigate Risks
This document provides a brief overview of basic strategies to manage key risks that a program might face.
Youth Preparedness Guide to Risk Management
This document helps program managers identify potential risks associated with their programs and techniques to mitigate those risks.
FEMA Youth Preparedness Technical Assistance Center
This Technical Assistance Center is available to assist youth preparedness practitioners and is accessible via FEMA-Youth-Preparedness@fema.dhs.gov.
Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people
Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.
Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.
Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.
Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).